Donovan Eckhardt earned prominence as a star of HGTV’s reality show Windy City Rehab. The show premiered in 2019 and had a second season in 2020. However, Don and his associates ran into trouble when his newly renovated buildings started falling apart.
Plus, Donovan’s disappearance from the second season of the show suggested he might’ve parted ways from the TV show. To, learn more about what exactly went down, delve into this wiki-article.
Biography — Age, Birthday, Zodiac
Defective renovations and flawed constructions aren’t the only that Donovan avoided revealing to his fans and clients. Nonetheless, our research revealed Donovan Eckhardt turned 40 years old in 2019.
Born in the year 1979, Donovan grew up celebrating his birthday in November.
Donovan Eckhardt Wiki — Parents, Siblings, Hometown
Hailing from the hometown of Arlington Heights, Illinois, Donovan Eckhardt was born to his father Ted Eckhardt, and his mother Melinda Eckhardt. His parents have been married for five decades and are still going strong, now more than ever.
Melinda worked as a teacher in Maine West High School District 207.
Whereas, Ted attended Dundee Community High School. And for college, he went to the University of Maryland, College Park. He graduated with a degree in Architecture in 1971. He worked at Maine West High School, followed by R. Carrozza Plumbing Co., Inc., and CD Group Companies.
Moving on to his siblings, Donovan has at least one brother named Theodore Eckhardt AKA Teddy, and a sister named Liz Eckhardt Nierman. While Teddy graduated from Augustana in 2020, Liz has happily married to Judson Nierman and has two kids, Oliver and Vivian.
Donovan Eckhardt Height, Weight, Distinct Features
Before Donovan Eckhardt decided to grow out his ginger-colored facial hair, people knew him as a guy standing at a height of 5 feet 6 (1.67 meters) with a cute face. But, as he put on some beard, his whole appearance changed making him look like a different person.
Plus, his bodyweight of 81 kilograms (178 lbs) made him look like Prince Harry if he had gained weight.
Social Media Reach: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter
Getting into Donovan’s social media reach, his Instagram account earned a total of 6470 followers. He is also on Facebook with 233 followers at the time of this writing.
However, his presence couldn’t be tracked on Twitter, and him not creating an account might be the reason behind it.
Donovan Eckhardt Job, Company, Net Worth
Donovan Eckhardt attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1998. He graduated from university with a degree in Architecture.
The Arlington-native was also celebrated with Edward C. Earl Prize in Versailles Study Abroad Program. There were altogether 109 recipients from graduate and undergraduate students under the spring semester who excelled academically who took away a total of $235,900 in the prize.
Immediately after graduation, Donovan joined CD Group as a partner in June of 2004. The construction based company is located in the Greater Chicago Area. In the company, he worked as an Architect and General Contractor.
Donovan went on to found VizCorp, Eckhardt Properties, and also established BE Custom Millwork since January of 2009.
Starting from 2013, Donovan founded Greymark Development Group, LLC, and is working in the company ever since.
In 2019, Donovan starred alongside interior designer Alison Victoria in HGTV’s Windy City Rehab. Alison and Donovan teamed up to a run-down residence and turned it into luxury homes. After the renovation, they sold it to the potential buyers.
However, the renovation started to fall apart within months and the homeowners sued the due and their team as the repairs cost them a lot. In reaction to that, Victoria blamed everything to Donovan as she was in dark about his dealings.
Alison left Donovan with all the financial dealing as she only focused on designs. Since Donovan didn’t take part in the season 2 promotion, everyone familiar with the show concluded he probably won’t be working with the HGTV and the show.
As of 2020, Donovan Eckhardt allegedly sat on a total net worth of $3.5 million.
Donovan Eckhardt Windy City Rehab Lawsuits
After Donovan Eckhardt and Alison Victoria completed their renovation, they sold one of the renovated homes to James and Anna for $1.36 million in season 1 of the HGTV show. However, not long after, the homeowner faced plumbing problems as their kitchen got flooded from the water from the shower.
So, Anna and James filed a lawsuit against Donovan and Alison. Similarly, another couple, Shane and Samantha, sued them for the defects seen after the renovation. The couple spent $100k for the renovation in total as shown by documents presented in the court.
The reality stars also faced problems as their under-construction projects were on halt because of the issues on the permit.
Their trouble doesn’t end there. Michael Ward Jr., one of Donovan and Alsion’s associates sued them for fraud in June 2020. Admittedly, Michael had spent $3 million in the projects featured on Windy City Rehab which Donovan promised to return with an additional amount.
The falling apart of the joint venture however didn’t stop the network from filming the second season where Alison was seen dealing with court cases.
Donovan Eckhardt Wife, Married, Kids
Initially, HGTV fandom assumed Alison Victoria was Donovan Eckhardt’s wife. Their hearts shattered upon learning the co-stars weren’t married.
Donovan Eckhardt is married to his wife, Erica Eckhardt.
Reach out to Erica on Instagram @ececkhardt!
Donovan and his wife tied knots in August of 2012 and went on to have two kids (both daughters). Less than 2 years into their marriage, they welcomed Charlotte. In late-2015, the couple got blessed with their second bundle of joy.
In August of 2020, Donovan and his wife celebrated their 8 years of a successful marriage. And referring to that the HGTV star took it to his Facebook account where he said,
“for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part, or until Erica kills me! 8 years! It’s a marriage miracle.”
This suggested that Donovan and Erica are very much into each other and are growing stronger together. Other than that, no information has been shared regarding Donovan’s life as a married man.